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Photokina 2018 is behind us and PhotoPlus is rapidly approaching. Not far behind is the holiday season, and before you know it, we'll be celebrating 2019!
This time of year, there are usually all kinds of camera rumors flying around as manufacturers look ahead to what they will bring to market in the coming months.
That means that we get to speculate a little bit about what we can expect from the big players - Canon, Nikon, and Sony.
Canon just released its EOS R mirrorless camera system, but some folks in the industry are already looking forward to what Canon might have in store as a follow-up.
According to CanonRumors, the camera giant might already have an EOS R Pro in development.
That's welcome news for Canon shooters who rejoiced when Canon finally decided to get into the mirrorless game with a full head of steam, but were a little disappointed that the EOS R wasn't the top-of-the-line flagship model they had hoped for.
Rumor has it that Canon could announce development of an EOS R Pro system as early as January 2019 with an official launch coming at the CP+ show, which will be held in Japan in March 2019.
Nikon lovers are eagerly looking to the future to see what it holds for Nikon's new mirrorless line.
Like the EOS R from Canon, Nikon just released its new Z7 mirrorless camera to rave reviews.
But also like the EOS R, the Z7 isn't the showstopping high-end camera many people expected.
That leaves many Nikon enthusiasts wondering what might be up next, and many rumors point to the next step being a flagship model, perhaps dubbed the Z9.
TechRadar suggests that the next Nikon mirrorless camera will be a mirrorless version of the Nikon D5, a "tank-like" camera that professionals will appreciate and that will be able to go toe-to-toe with Sony's incredible Alpha a9.
Other Nikon Rumors: An update to the D5 - the D5S - could be in the works, along with an update to the D750.
The Sony a7S II is a fantastic camera, especially for video work.
But rumor has it that Sony wants to step things up again with a new a7S III in the next couple of years.
According to Sony Rumors, Sony has already stated that the a7S III will "go beyond customers' expectations."
That's saying a lot considering how good the a7S II is...
But, because Sony seems to be focused on knocking things way out of the park with the a7S III, the likelihood that it will debut in 2019 is slim.
What we can reasonably assume, though, is that this camera will have the same updated body at the a7R III, an increase in the sensor resolution (which is 12-megapixels on the a7S II), and improvements in video performance, perhaps even with 4K video capture at 60p.
Other Sony Rumors: An update to the Sony a6500 (possibly called the a7000) is "coming soon."
Why You Need to Keep Up With Camera Rumors
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Aside from dreaming about what the next big thing will be in digital cameras, rumor articles like this one serve another, more practical purpose.
By keeping your finger on the pulse of the photography industry and understanding when a new camera is likely to be released, you can maximize the value of your current gear.
That is, your aging camera or lens will be worth less money once a new camera or lens is released, so by staying updated on what new gear is going to be released and when, you have a better idea of when you should sell your current gear to maximize its value.
After all, the more money you can get out of your current gear, the less money you have to come up with to finance an upgrade!
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Naturally, when selling your photography gear, you need to be smart about it.
Though many photographers turn to the likes of Craigslist and eBay to get rid of their old gear, there's some problems with both of those approaches.
In my experience, Craigslist has a ton of scammers trying to pull a fast one on you. When you're talking about selling hundreds of dollars of gear, scammers are definitely not something you want to deal with.
And while eBay offers many more protections for sellers than Craigslist, it comes at a price. Between eBay's fees (10% of the sales price) and Paypal's fees (2.9% of the payment amount plus $0.30 per transaction), you certainly don't get to pocket all your money.
Instead, there's a new way to sell your old camera gear and do so without paying tons of fees or dealing with people that are trying to rip you off - Gear Offer.
Gear Offer is an intriguing option for photographers for a few reasons.
First, the site specializes in helping photographers buy and sell photography gear. That means that the process of signing up and listing your gear for sale is quick and painless.
If you've ever tried to list something on eBay, you know what a giant pain it can be. But with Gear Offer, you can sign up for an account and create a listing in a matter of minutes.
Secondly, Gear Offer has a handy pricing tool to help you figure out what your gear is worth.
Not only does that help you decide what price to ask for your gear, but it also helps potential buyers see what a fair price is for the gear they're interested in buying.
The more informed buyers and sellers are, the smoother the transaction will be. That's definitely not something that Craigslist can claim to do!
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Lastly, it's free to sign up for Gear Offer. In fact, listing your item for sale is free, too.
On top of that, you only pay a simple fee of 6.9% when the item sells, which includes payment processing fees. Compared to the fees you find on eBay, that's a total steal!
Furthermore, Gear Offer handles all the transaction details, so a buyer can purchase the gear you've listed with a click of a button.
With fraud-prevention features and dispute resolution services built right into the platform, you can rest easy knowing that you won't have to deal with flaky people or scammers.
Instead, all you have to worry about is keeping your eye on upcoming gear so you know when to list your stuff to maximize its value!
Get started today, and sell your old gear to maximize its value.